A man at the centre of polling irregularities in Mirfield, made a “full admission”, police have revealed.

The Examiner revealed on May 5, the day of key local elections, that a complaint had been lodged about a breach of electoral rules.

Details of the incident have not been officially revealed but the Examiner understands it surrounded a Facebook post between two Conservative party members.

The post revealed the share of votes secured by veteran Tory, Clr Martyn Bolt, prior to the completion of polling.

Kirklees Council local election count at Cathedral House, Huddersfield.

The online conversation showed Clr Bolt was in the lead, which was judged to be a breach of the secrecy of the vote, breaking election day rules.

Clr Bolt was not involved in the incident in any way.

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West Yorkshire Police has now confirmed the 75-year-old man they spoke to confessed to the incident and had been “dealt with”.

A spokesperson said: “West Yorkshire Police were contacted by Kirklees Council Electoral Services in early May and notified of an alleged breach of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

“Following enquiries, a 75-year-old man was interviewed under caution in relation to the matter, and made a full admission.

“An offence was recorded and dealt with by way of a community resolution.

“The matter is now closed.”

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West Yorkshire Police said they would not name the individual as the man involved had not been charged with a crime.

Kirklees Council said there was no chance of a by-election as no electoral fraud had occurred.

The second placed candidate in Mirfield on May 5, Labour’s Karen Rowling, said she would not be taking the matter further.

Mrs Rowling, formerly a councillor for Dewsbury West, was beaten by Clr Bolt by almost 2,000 votes.